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Warwick Arnold
Limelight, April 2015

MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni (Sferisterio Opera Festival, 2011) (NTSC) 717408
MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni (Sferisterio Opera Festival, 2011) (Blu-ray, HD) 717504

D’Arcangelo is superb with a commanding presence; his dark tone carries a constant threat of violence and his portrayal is the very essence of Mediterranean misogeny. Myrto Papatanasiu as Zerlina stands out for her fine vocalism and noble beauty… © 2015 Limelight Magazine Read complete review



Bill White
Fanfare, March 2015

Bass-baritone Ildebrando D’Arcangelo provides all that could be asked for in a Don, both dramatically and musically. He is excellent, and looks good too. The Leporello of Andrea Concetti is also very fine… Together, the two of them carry the show.

This Sferisterio Festival production…has some fine singing, particularly in the title role. The rather quirky staging does nothing to distort the basic story and certainly holds one’s interest. Recommended. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Judith Malafronte
Opera News, February 2015

MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni (Sferisterio Opera Festival, 2011) (NTSC) 717408
MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni (Sferisterio Opera Festival, 2011) (Blu-ray, HD) 717504

…Pizzi’s intimate version exudes sexual ease and playful movement, executed in a realistic rococo style. The small, bare stage, dominated by a bed, lends the show an improvisatory feel, as if a wandering troupe had just dropped in to put on a morality play. In fact, without the sound, this almost looks like straight theater, so fine are Pizzi’s performers and Riccardo Frizza’s supple musical leadership.

…D’Arcangelo’s desperately disheveled but sumptuously voiced Don dresses in Mephistophelean red for his ritual of nightly cruising, and he throws a party that courts danger and violence. © 2015 Opera News Read complete review



Richard Lawrence
Gramophone, December 2014

MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni (Sferisterio Opera Festival, 2011) (NTSC) 717408
MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni (Sferisterio Opera Festival, 2011) (Blu-ray, HD) 717504

…this is well worth investigating, not least for the conducting of Riccardo Frizza, who is not afraid of accelerating or holding back here and there. The cast led by Ildebrando D’Arcangelo is excellent. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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